Concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane have continued to rise despite an urgent need to reduce them.
The new target, to be announced this week, would be a near-doubling of the goal that the nation promised under the Paris climate agreement in 2015.
Continued deforestation and other fast-moving changes in the Amazon threaten to devastate wildlife and release billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere.
“Seabirds are good indicators of ocean ecosystem health,” the National Park Service wrote late last year.
The researchers based their conclusion on air samples from monitoring stations in South Korea and Japan.
The rate of ice loss from Greenland has grown by a factor of six since the 1980s, scientists found. Half of the resulting sea level rise has occurred in just the last eight years.
Scientists find the ocean will look different in the future as a warming climate changes populations of marine microorganisms called phytoplankton.
The decline in civil penalties could undermine EPA’s ability to deter wrongdoing, some former agency officials said, because they help ensure it is more expensive to violate the law than to comply with it.
Antarctic glaciers have been melting at an accelerating pace over the past four decades due to an influx of warm ocean water - a startling new finding.
The nation is now far off course from what the Obama administration promised under the Paris agreement, leaving a big gap for the rest of the world to make up.
Washington has yet to offer a solution for a ubiquitous class of compounds known as PFAS and the health concerns they raise.
Laughter and protests greeted the United States' embrace of continued fossil fuel production as global temperatures continue to rise.
Between 2014 and 2016, emissions remained largely flat. But that trend didn’t last. In 2017, global emissions grew 1.6 percent. The rise in 2018 could end up being twice that amount.
The central conclusion of the study - that oceans are retaining ever more energy as more heat is being trapped within Earth’s climate system each year - is in line with other studies that have drawn similar conclusions.
Earth’s oceans have retained 60 percent more heat each year than what scientists had thought, according to research published in the journal Nature.